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Reports: Ted Turner in Argentine Hospital for Appendicitis

CNN founder and Georgia philanthropist Ted Turner is reportedly being treated for appendicitis in a South American hospital.

CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner is reportedly being treated for appendicitis in a South American hospital. Credit: Screenshot from TIME video
CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner is reportedly being treated for appendicitis in a South American hospital. Credit: Screenshot from TIME video

Media mogul Ted Turner – who founded CNN and Turner Broadcasting System based in Atlanta -- has been hospitalized for appendicitis, according to media reports.

Turner Enterprises spokesman Phillip Evans in Atlanta said the CNN founder was hospitalized in South America for observation and that "no further details will be provided."

The 75-year-old billionaire was first treated earlier Friday at the San Carlos Sanatorium in Bariloche, near his ranch in Argentina's Patagonia region, according to ABC News. A spokeswoman there told the AP that Turner left that clinic after about four hours.

Turner arrived at a clinic suffering from acute abdominal pain, according to CNN. She told Argentina's state-run Telam news agency that doctors diagnosed the businessman and philanthropist with appendicitis and recommended that he undergo surgery. Turner was flown later Friday morning to the capital of Buenos Aires to have the operation, according to Telam.

Besides his business ventures -- including the Ted's Montana Grill chain and the renewable energy company RT Solar -- Turner has been one of the county's most generous philanthropists, including a $1 billion donation to the United Nations in 1997.

Panna Shah March 08, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Why this is News? There should be better thingS to report! billionaire sneez & become headline news! Report about Men & Womwn fighting @ war or when they return Home & struggle.. Their kids & their wait. Prioritize real & Important News!
Barbara Baggerman March 08, 2014 at 12:55 PM
It's news not because he's a billionaire, but because Ted Turner is an Atlanta icon who has done much to put this city on the map; who isn't afraid to speak the truth; who lives with integrity; who is a great visionary, ahead of his time, whose eventual passing will be a loss to humanity and will be mourned by many.
Octo Slash March 09, 2014 at 10:46 AM
I'm not afraid to speak the truth either. Ted Turner is as crazy as a s---house rat.
David Brown March 09, 2014 at 04:41 PM
I wonder why someone, like Octo Slash, feels the need to go on Patch and post comments using vulgarity, even when it is disguised vulgarity?
Kenneth Stepp March 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM
This is a man that calls us peons "worthless eaters". I guess he should remind his health care workers how much better his "species" is than theirs.

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